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Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski announced in a Tuesday tweet that he will not run for Senate in New Hampshire next year despite the fact that he is "certain [he] would have won."

The backdrop: Lewandowski had been weighing a bid against the incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who has held her seat since 2009.

  • Lewandowski testified in September before the House Judiciary Committee, where he combatively refused to answer questions that involved his conversations with President Trump not explicitly referenced in the Mueller report.
  • At the time, his chaotic performance created an overwhelming consensus among House Democrats that the hearing did nothing to galvanize public support for impeaching Trump — but it came just days before subsequent revelations about the administration's alleged attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump's political rivals.

The state of play: In September, a former Trump administration official told Axios' Alayna Treene that "the ultimate risk with Corey running is that the negative coverage he receives in New Hampshire could drag Trump down" in the 2020 presidential election.

What to watch: Lewandowski tweeted he will soon give an endorsement in the Republican primary for the seat.

  • He said that his ideal candidate would "put our citizens first and not illegal aliens" and "support pro-growth policies to keep the Trump economy strong."

Go deeper: How Trump wins in 2020

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Felix Salmon, author of Capital
4 mins ago - Economy & Business

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation board

Buffett and Bill Gates in 2015. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — the second-largest philanthropy in the world — is now governed by just two trustees, after Warren Buffett announced on Wednesday that he had resigned his position there.

Why it matters: The two remaining trustees, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, are going through a divorce.

Updated 24 mins ago - World

Russia says it fired warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea

The HMS Defender in the port of Odessa on Ukraine's Black Sea coast on June 18. Photo: Konstantin Sazonchik\TASS via Getty Images

Russia's defense ministry claimed Wednesday that a Russian warship and fighter jet fired "warning" shots at the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender destroyer for encroaching on waters near Crimea in the Black Sea.

The latest: The U.K.'s ministry of defense disputed that any warning shots were fired, saying in a statement, "We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity."

Mike Allen, author of AM
Updated 49 mins ago - Politics & Policy

First look: WaPo Trump book's secret title revealed

Cover: Penguin Press

The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker will be out July 20 with "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year," Penguin Press announced.

Breaking: Axios has learned that The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender is moving "Frankly, We Did Win the Election" up to July 20, matching Leonnig-Rucker, from his earlier pub date of Aug. 10.